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In this podcast, we explore how sensitivity weaves itself into our lives. We talk about the richness that it adds, and the strengths we have BECAUSE of our sensitivity and some of the challenges it poses as well. If you are a Creative, a deep thinker, a deep feeler, a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), an introvert, or identify as INFJ or ENFJ, you may enjoy the in-depth conversations where we talk openly and honestly about how we experience life. This is a podcast where you can learn, relate, l ...
 
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This is a weekly podcast for Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs), introverts, empaths, intuitives, INFJs or anyone else that wants a little help supporting sensitivity! My name is Michelle Lynn. I share my experiences as a highly sensitive person while discussing the works of Dr. Elaine Aron. It is my intention to provide useful tips and resources for other individuals looking to balance, maintain, and enhance their own unique sensitivities. The show is perfect for HSPs, introverts, empaths, int ...
 
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Managing Criticism and Disappointment It’s not uncommon for the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) to have big reactions and big feelings sometimes—especially when it comes to feeling misunderstood, feeling criticized, and feeling disappointed. Jen talks about how you can use mindfulness to get curious about the stories you tell yourself. We both share …
 
My Insides and Outsides Didn’t Match, but Now They Do Emily had a change in mindset and learned to plant things around her that nourished her. When talking about being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), she says, “I really value experiencing life this way.” Emily took the Online HSP Course, and said, “I didn’t expect to relate so deeply to a diverse …
 
Can Dogs Learn to Talk? Maizy (my puppy) is learning to press buttons to tell me what she wants, and how she is feeling! I share how we got started, and I give resources for other pets that are using buttons, and how you can get started. Jen and I talk about attuning to your animals, and how this relates to our reålationships with people. We talk a…
 
Self-Care When You’re Overwhelmed It can be hard to start tasks and complete them when you’re overwhelmed. Jen and I talk about strategies that work for us. We also talk about the importance of pleasure and rest vs. having to do all the hard stuff before you treat yourself to a reward. Jen talks about looking at who’s telling the story when you hav…
 
It Was Like a Spa for My Mental Well-Being Erika, who is also a therapist, took the Online HSP Course before the Pandemic started. She wanted to find connection and learn strategies to manage better as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). She talks about using self-compassion—especially when she needs to honor how she is wired—even though it’s easy to …
 
Showing up Messy When you have high standards for yourself, it can be very difficult to show up imperfectly, and it’s easy to go into self-blame. Unfortunately, this usually comes at a cost. Jen and I talk about how to make the shift from focusing on external expectations (and fear of judgment), to focusing internally on what you want and what you …
 
Sometimes It’s Hard Being Me Even if you’re having times when you feel “meh,” or you’re having fears, anxiety, imposter syndrome, or you’re not feeling confident, you can still show up and do what’s in front of you. It’s ok to struggle and have hard times, but what you tell yourself about these times is crucial. I share about some current struggles…
 
Overwhelm & Perfectionism as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) Do you wake up with anxiety because you’re worried or feeling overwhelmed? How do you find joy around your to do list? Jen and I talk about where we feel overwhelmed, and the imperfect ways we manage perfectionism. Jen says it’s like stringing beads with no knot at the end. We explore how…
 
How to Deepen Intimacy in Relationships Many Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) overperform in relationships, or want more depth, but don’t know how to do that. Jen and I talk about our gremlins, as well as how you can rest in the attachment in your relationships, so you can have more depth. We talk about how that security is achieved. This includes vu…
 
Being Present to our Wounded Parts Jen had a really tough week, & we talk about what it was like for her to start week feeling like she was too much, & her needs were too much. I was honored to be present for her this week, and she was able to work on healing that young part so she can be present for herself. When your parents can’t attune with you…
 
Honoring Yourself and Using Your Voice Do you find that when have been hurt or disappointed that you have your feelings alone, and don’t share with the other person how you were affected? If you ask someone to help you, and they say, “No,” but it’s important to you, do you explain why it’s important or do you just accept the “no?” I share specific …
 
Getting Grounded and Orienting to Yourself Many Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) learn to focus on everyone else’s needs. The focus is external instead of internal. You don’t learn how to focus on your perspective, your body, or your needs. This can be an orientation injury. The Highly Sensitive Person can see multiple perspectives, and based on your…
 
Naming What’s Challenging as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) I suck at lying! I’m planning a surprise party for my husband, and I’ve been like a deer in the headlights a few times. I also talk about feeling disappointed that I had expectations about my puppy being affectionate, and she’s not. I talk about how you work with naming what’s hard and ch…
 
Focusing on Your Needs, Emotions and Happiness Jen Perry talks about attachment patterns and how the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) is often focused on what everyone else is feeling, wanting and needing. We talk about tools to identify what YOU are wanting. Jen talks about self-care and self-centering. We talk about self-talk, as well as the burden …
 
Setting Boundaries with Emotionally Immature People Dr. Lindsay Gibson, author of Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, and Recovering from Emotionally Immature Parents provides a 5-part process outlining how to set boundaries with an Emotionally Immature Person (EIP). She also talks about how to reinforce and reset those boundaries when …
 
Death by a Thousand Papercuts My computer was hacked and they downloaded files from my computer. In the midst of this awful experience, there were a number of gifts and amazing connections with people. I feel some shame and embarrassment. How can you thrive while going through something terrible? I talk about the fears that came up, as well as all …
 
Softening, Surrendering, Accepting & Allowing This episode focuses on being with whatever is going on to ease suffering when you want things to be different than they are. How can you accept things when it sucks? Jen and I talk about how we practice softening when things are hard. Jen talks about how she drops into her body to get information. How …
 
Practicing Self-Compassion when Perfection, Competing Needs and Burnout are Present It can be hard having needs; not getting your needs met; having to compromise around your needs. This can activate attachment injuries, that can cause or exacerbate depression, anxiety, burnout and self-doubt. How do you take care of yourself? How do you bring in se…
 
Stoicism During Hard Times for the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) When there is a crisis, do you reach out and share what’s going on and ask for support? Do you tell yourself that you will worry when there is something to worry about? I share some recent experiences. My son asked me to let him know next time if his Grams is sick because he wants to …
 
We (HSPs) are Not Too Much, with Susan Kraker - Best of the Podcast Susan is a therapist who specializes in relationships, and she works with the Highly Sensitive Person. She decided to take the Online HSP Course because she didn’t have many friends who were also Highly Sensitive. We had a rupture during one of the groups, and we talk about this. S…
 
Getting Grounded in Yourself & Honoring Your Needs Jen and I talk about how wounding can create over-functioning, over-responsibility, and rigidity at the expense of the human. We talk about stress responses and how to be more mindful and present for yourself while also bringing self-compassion. We literally take a break and do a short grounding ex…
 
Managing Crises as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) Do you tend to over function when there is a crisis? Do you push through even though it’s not the best for you? Do you allow yourself to ask for help and get support? I was in the middle of a crisis when I recorded this, and I wanted to share my observations; what was helpful, and what things were …
 
Welcoming Your Own Humanness with Self-Compassion Guest host Jen Perry shares her gremlins about recording for me this week and being unapologetic about it. She talks about valuing self-compassion over self-esteem. Jen talks about how to slow the process down and create peace in the moment to help you soften. She talks about why curiosity and kindn…
 
Juggling Priorities & Managing Self-Care How do you manage prioritizing your own self-care when life is hectic and busy? Are you able to be flexible when things change, and can you ask to have your needs met? If not, what gets in the way? When plans change, are you able to have self-compassion for yourself and others, or do you get angry and upset …
 
Vulnerability and Intimacy in Relationships Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) often don’t reach out when they need support because they are afraid that they will overwhelm others with their intense feelings, or that the other person won’t be there for them, or will disappoint them. Jen and I talk about what it’s like to show up for each other when we’…
 
Self-Care for Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents Dr. Lindsay Gibson, author of Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, and Recovering from Emotionally Immature Parents talks about self-care in regards to self-confidence, security, self-connection, self-awareness and emotional self-protection. She talks about how being an adult c…
 
TITLE Sitting with Intense Feelings, AND Noticing What’s Right. GUEST Solo episode EPISODE OVERVIEW I got my feelings hurt a few times this past week, and it’s been hard. I spent 3 days crying, and it triggered some trauma from my past. This was NOT my baseline, but I was incredibly sensitive and kept getting my feelings hurt. I was also able to fe…
 
TITLE Listener Question: Being New in a Group that doesn’t Understand the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) GUEST Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC EPISODE OVERVIEW A listener wrote in and asked how to be mindful when being new to a group that doesn’t understand High Sensitivity. Jen and I talk about common barriers & fears that can come up when joining a group…
 
TITLE Practicing Self Trust as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) GUEST Solo episode EPISODE OVERVIEW Learning to listen to yourself as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) can be challenging. When do you push and when do you rest? Your perception of yourself may be different than how others see you. I talk about feeling stuck, needing support, asking for …
 
TITLE Social Anxiety and the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) GUEST Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC EPISODE OVERVIEW A listener wrote in and said she has social anxiety and finds it hard to talk to people. She gets anxious that she won’t be able to communicate her thoughts clearly, or that she’ll be misunderstood, or she’ll lose her train of thought. She als…
 
TITLE Navigating Social Situations as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) GUEST Solo episode EPISODE OVERVIEW I recently attended a holiday party, and I observed the different stages I went through: feeling engaged and comfortable. Then I had to set a boundary. Then all of a sudden, something snapped, and I was done talking, and I wanted to go outside.…
 
TITLE Social Anxiety and Confidence in the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) GUEST Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC EPISODE OVERVIEW A listener wrote in and said she doesn’t feel like she’s good at talking, and how can she manage her anxiety and gain confidence. We talk about how the wound of too much & not enough come into play, as well as teasing out if the …
 
TITLE Assessing 2021, and Creating what you want for 2022 GUEST Solo episode EPISODE OVERVIEW There are tools for writing at the end of the year that I’ve found really helpful. It’s a way to acknowledge the gains you’ve made for the past year, and to talk about what you might want to create for the next year. You can assess you relationships, finan…
 
TITLE Nurturing Authenticity in Relationships GUEST Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC EPISODE OVERVIEW We talk about how communication is an act of love and an act of service to the relationship. We talk about the wound of too much; taking responsibility for others’ feelings, and the importance of attachment and repair work. We explore self-care, boundaries…
 
TITLE Best of the Podcast: It Was Hard Being Sensitive; But It’s Not Hard Now GUEST Kelsey Cochrane EPISODE OVERVIEW Kelsey talks about trying to fit in and learning how to feel her feelings without judging them. Kelsey started letting others know what she needed, and this has allowed others to also ask for what they want. Kelsey talks about being …
 
TITLE Boundaries, the Holidays and The Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) GUEST Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC EPISODE OVERVIEW Expectations around the holidays can cause stress, anxiety, and depression—especially for the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). We focus on setting boundaries, redefining what you want the holidays to look like, and how you can communic…
 
TITLE I Don’t Feel Like I Have to Hide Who I Am GUEST Amelia Breugem, Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist EPISODE OVERVIEW Amelia talks about how she no longer has the fear of being seen, and how she’s allowing herself to be in the world without being guarded. Amelia specializes in working with the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), intuitives and empat…
 
TITLE Listener Question: Difficulty in Close Relationships GUEST Solo episode EPISODE OVERVIEW This episode addresses boundaries, attachment, codependency, emotional dysregulation, managing conflict, C-PTSD, being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), and more. A listener shared that they struggle with conflict and cannot formulate a response during an …
 
TITLE The Strength and Fortitude You Have as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) GUEST Solo episode EPISODE OVERVIEW As a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), you may be more impacted by having strong emotional responses/reactions. You may have experienced trauma. You may have to rumble with your gremlins, shame, recovery, fears, and doubts. It’s crucial to …
 
TITLE Making Ourselves Small, so Others Don’t Feel Uncomfortable GUEST Solo episode EPISODE OVERVIEW We often are told to smile, be polite, to not make waves, and we lose our authentic spunky self. We learn that it’s not ok to be authentic, or to say what we’re really feeling (if we even know what that is) because we don’t want to make others uncom…
 
TITLE The Challenges Around Making Decisions—Letting it be Messy GUEST Solo episode EPISODE OVERVIEW Do you tell yourself to slow down when you get excited about something, and feel like you have to get more information? It’s easy to get overwhelmed, then to get stuck. As a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), our Depth of Processing can be a gift, and s…
 
TITLE 3 Year Podcast Anniversary: 7 Strategies for Success Solo episode EPISODE OVERVIEW Success is not linear. Nor is it about waiting to have the confidence to do new things. Success is messy, and it often involves lots of fear, doubt and insecurities. If we wait until we feel confident, we may never do the thing. I share 7 strategies I’ve used t…
 
TITLE Attachment Relationships & The Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) GUEST Solo episode EPISODE OVERVIEW Relationships can be challenging—especially when we have attachment injuries and we haven’t had healthy role modeling. We may believe we are too much. We want others to show up for us in ways that may not be realistic. We have experienced hurt, di…
 
TITLE Some of the Challenges the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) Experiences in Groups GUEST Solo episode EPISODE OVERVIEW Joining groups can be painful for the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) for a number of reasons. Group experiences have left us feeling misunderstood, invalidated, judged and alienated. Does our previous trauma, play a role in how we…
 
TITLE It’s OK to Choose and Rechoose GUEST Solo episode EPISODE OVERVIEW Many Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) are often hard on themselves when they don’t finish something, or they decide to do something else. This doesn’t equal failure. It’s ok to be undecided; unsure and to re-evaluate. Often if we have experienced CPTSD, we can struggle with trus…
 
TITLE I don’t want to be defined by my fear GUEST Solo episode EPISODE OVERVIEW My podcast pause turned into a literal break of my wrist. It is not uncommon for HSPs to experience catastrophic thinking. We can learn to move from that initial fearful thought into powerful thinking. We can learn to feel the fear and do the scary thing instead of wait…
 
TITLE Taking a Podcast Pause; Self-Care GUEST Solo episode EPISODE OVERVIEW I’m taking a pause from the podcast. Not sure if it’s temporary or permanent. COVID has been brutal, but it has given us opportunities to redefine what we value. I initially had thoughts of failure when I decided to take a break, but now I see it as an act of self-love. We …
 
TITLE I’ve Always Known I was Anxious GUEST Elizabeth Cush, LCPC EPISODE OVERVIEW Elizabeth shares her story and why she decided to specialize in anxiety. She then defines anxiety, and we talk about the different ways that anxiety can present for people. Elizabeth talks about common myths, and we talk about tools to use to manage anxiety and what t…
 
TITLE Complex childhood trauma and healing for the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) GUEST Kina Wolfenstein EPISODE OVERVIEW Kina defines trauma (and it may surprise you), and how the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) responds to trauma. We talk what may not be considered trauma (but is), and how it impacts the person in adulthood (including attachment sys…
 
TITLE The Brain of the Highly Sensitive Person GUEST Drs. Esther Bergsma EPISODE OVERVIEW Drs. Bergsma, a Dutch expert on High Sensitivity, discusses research from her book: The Brain of the Highly Sensitive Person. She explains the biological survival benefits of the trait in animals. We talk about social rejection, and the negative messages HSPs …
 
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